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Iranian director Abolfazl Jalili to start filming `Hafez'

Tehran, May 22, IRNA-Iranian film director Abolfazl Jalili is soon expected to start filming a feature film to be titled `Hafez' near the town of Saveh in Tehran province.

The movie, whose script has been written under the inspiration of the poetry of the prominent 13th century Iranian poet, was initially planned to be produced in cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

A prominent Japanese actress, Kumiko Asou, who has so far acted in 30 feature films including one that was awarded at the International Cannes Film Festival, will also have a role in Jalili's film.

She told IRNA that cooperation of a Japanese producer in the production of the film mainly accounts for her role in it.

Asou said that given the fame of Jalili and Abbas Kiarostami in Japan, having the record of acting in one of their movies will be a good experience in her art career.

"After reading the script, it appealed to me and I started rehearsing on the Persian dialogues," she added.

The Japanese actress pointed to the status of Iranian cinema in her country and said that artistic film fans in Japan are the main viewers of Iranian movies.

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